Its not like I didn’t know any chic outdoor restaurants in Lagos, it’s just that I
was so desperate to make an excellent impression. I could easily have suggested the
Lagoon restaurant or the Sky lounge but then I thought if me and Layefa eat there
often and we’re not even celebs, why should an international award-winning
photographer eat there?
I hurriedly googled ‘Classiest outdoor restaurants on the Lagos Island’. At the top
of the list were: The Oyster Lounge, Yellow Chilli Bar and Lounge and The Meridian
Hotel rooftop Café. The closest to us was the Meridian Hotel rooftop Café.
“Well, let’s get on our way!” I announced after I had saved their telephone number
on my cell phone. He got up, picked up his bag and headed for the door. I quickly
slipped my laptop into my case, grabbed my purse and cell phone and headed for the
door too.( and yeah, Chris took my case from me and held the door for me! charming much?)
“We’ll be at this address” I said to Bola scribbling the address of the Meridian
Hotel rooftop Café on a notepad. She nodded and called, “Bye!” as we headed for the
“So you ever been to this restaurant we’re going?” Chris asked as the driver pulled
into the turning where the restaurant was. I shook my head and said, “There’s
nothing to worry about though, it has one of the best reviews ever written”. He
nodded and turned back to the window. About six minutes later, we drove into the
“Impressive” Chris said. I smiled and nodded. He got out of the car quickly and held
my door open while I got out. I smiled “Thanks”. He bowed his head as we walked
towards the entrance. For a world-class photographer, Chris was rather modest (if I
do say so myself). The concierge ushered us to the executive elevator after I
flashed my card and introduced myself with a flawless British accent. Grinning to
myself, I squeezed a N500 note into his hands as he left us. Chris remained quiet
all through the ride to the roof.
After we had settled in at our table, I unpacked my laptop while Chris marvelled at
the wonderful scenery. Even I had no idea how beautiful and green Lagos was from up
high. You could hardly see any razz looking parts of the city from up there.
“The view of your city from up here is quite exquisite, Miss Thompson” Chris said
turning back to me. “You know, I was just gonna ask you what you thought”, I
replied, “But I didn’t want to interrupt you thoughts, you looked really engulfed by
the view”. “I did? I guess I was imagining how lovely pictures taken from here would
be”. He said sipping his wine. I nodded then said, “Well, thanks on behalf of all
Lagos indigenes”. I pushed my laptop as far away from me as possible then took my
first sip of my drink.
“You like the wine?” Chris asked looking deep into my eyes. I almost felt like he
could see through to my soul. I held his gaze for half a second then shrugged, “I
guess its okay”. Smirking, he took another sip and leaned in closer to the table
(never once taking his eyes off me). That was when I thought, Okay, he’s definitely
flirting with me.